Update 8:50 a.m. 1/9 from NBC 12 (video at the link);
GRTC Transit employees are trying to figure out what caused one of their buses to catch fire late Tuesday night.
It happened around 11 p.m. at the intersection of Forest Hill Avenue and Westover Hills Boulevard. The bus caught fire while stopped at the traffic signal.
Fortunately, no one but the driver was on board. That driver made it out safely. The bus was actually on its way to being serviced. No one was injured in this incident. Officials are still working to determine the cause of this fire.
Original post: If you heard a large boom last night around 11:45 – 11:50 you weren’t alone. It was heard as far away as the Museum District. After some sleuthing on Twitter and Facebook it turns out that a bus caught on fire on the corner of Westover Hill Blvd. and Forest Hill Avenue. The bus was not quite into the intersection heading west about 100 yards from the fire station. The back quarter of the GRTC bus showed fire damage. The rear tires are flat so I’m going to make an assumption that loud boom was the tires going. No sign of explosion (to my untrained eye) or other damage. There were no ambulances on the scene when I arrived about 15 minutes after hearing the boom. Traffic was only blocked off in one direction for about a block. I’ll update this in the morning with more information. (Posted at 12:30 a.m. 1/9)